With the arrival of Europeans in America, diseases spread rampantly among indigenous peoples. Separated from the Eurasian Landmass for thousands of years, Native Americans had no immunities to common ailments in Europe. Afflictions such as smallpox, measles, and influenza killed hundreds of thousands of Indians and exhausted the morale of the survivors. It is estimated that diseases generated epidemics that decimated 25-90% of Native Americans. Europeans used this deadly advantage to exploit the Indian population and ultimately gain control over land and wealth.
The downfall of indigenous peoples also incorporated the spread of Christianity. Sometimes accomplished with force, Spanish missionaries would inflict corp...
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...gion, technology, and territorial acquisition infringed by European settlers had on the indigenous population. With meticulous reflection, hopefully future generations will learn from the past tribulations of injustice centered upon Native Americans and evade forthcoming situations.
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